Nikita NaikUncategorized0 Comments

The New York Times published an article intriguingly titled “The Bitch America Needs,” detailing the use of the word “bitch” as “both an epithet and an honorific” for Hillary Clinton not only throughout this election year, but since her emergence in the public eye, as the wife of Bill Clinton … Read More

Emotions and Questions: A Poem

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Causes0 Comments

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I wanna scream so bad I wanna stand up and shout, “You can’t do that!” I wanna yell at this country that has been my home since berfore my mother and father even met The country I call home… The place I have dreamt of in my deepest of dreams … Read More

Remember the Path: A Poem

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Causes, Culture0 Comments


You gotta remember where you’ve been To know where you’re going Which is to say you can’t improve society or the systems that make society If you don’t learn from your past mistakes Or something like that But the thing is The system wasn’t made for us We weren’t intended … Read More

An Ode to Reading

Nikita NaikCulture0 Comments

I’m grateful to have grown up in the pre-internet era. As a child, I would fill up notebooks with musings, doodles, short stories, comics, anything that felt the need to spill out of my head and onto the page in front of me. I was also a voracious reader. The … Read More

I Am A Nerd

CoreyCulture0 Comments

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Who is a nerd? For me, last month, it meant any one that took the pilgrimage to nerd-Mecca.  For the uninitiated, that would be Comic-Con in San Diego.  For those five days, nerds to me were anyone who knew about Star Wars lore, all things Marvel Studios and Comics, and didn’t … Read More

Why I Celebrate Hillary with Mixed Emotions

Hazel CherrySociety0 Comments

Hillary Clinton at this year's Black Girls Rock! event.

This is a historic moment, not just in the political sphere, but for our entire country. We have our first female democratic nominee! (Save for Queen Shirley Chisolm). This is an accomplishment for women everywhere.  As a black woman I live daily in the tensions of gender, race and class discrimination. As black … Read More

What Shawn Carter Taught Me

Zaina AdamuArts & Entertainment, Culture0 Comments


For me, it was a music video released some time in 1998. A young man (rather, an older man to me at the time) was rapping staccato-style in a graffiti-filled Brooklyn neighborhood about a somber thug life peppered with the grandeur of hustling and its short-term rewards: From standing on the … Read More

Culture is Resistance

Nilo ThomasCauses, Culture, Uncategorized0 Comments


All of 2014, 2015, and 2016 I wanted to cry my soul out I wanted to crawl under my bed and hide from the world But instead I turned to music I listened to some Nina Simone. An amazing artist who fought proudly and courageously for justice She did it … Read More

Being Black in America – Code of Conduct for Survival*

Alexie GaddisCauses, Society0 Comments


Lessons Learned from Lives Lost   be better than these people and their systems, to stay alive.   tame your hair, and your volume, and your body.   temper your confidence and your strength. your anger in the face of devastation.   work harder. think faster. be smarter. but do … Read More

Do We Matter?

Cameron WilliamsQuestion of the Month, Society, Topics0 Comments


Wednesday, I started my workday as I normally would: having morning devotion, praying, reading work emails, and creating a list of assignments that needed to be completed by the end of the day. And normally, I would finish this routine by reading the Washington Post, but this time I was … Read More